Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Species
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis). Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on February 1st 2015.
Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on February 1st 2015.
(1/160th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis). Juvenile. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on September 5th 2013.
Juvenile. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on September 5th 2013.
(1/125th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 12 - 13.5cm

The Goldfinch is a highly coloured finch with a bright red face, black crown, white cheeks, breast and belly, and yellow wing patches. The sexes are alike.

It is found throughout the British Isles except for north-west Scotland.

It breeds in low-lying deciduous woodland, pine plantations and orchards. It has become much more common in gardens with the introduction of Nyger seed feeders.

Most British Goldfinches spend the winter in southern and western Europe.

There are about 313000 territories. Only about 100000 birds spend the winter in the UK.

Sightings

30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2+)
27-Nov-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (12+)
22-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
17-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
31-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (c40)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
02-Aug-2018 : Lardon Chase, Berks (2)
02-Aug-2018 : Lid's Down, Oxon (2)
31-Jul-2018 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (3)
24-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
10-Jul-2018 : Greenham Common, Berks (3)
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (3)
06-Jun-2018 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (h)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (4)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
17-Apr-2018 : South Hinksey, Oxon (4+)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
11-Apr-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (4+)
25-Feb-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (3)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
17-Feb-2018 : Chalfont Park, Oxon (4)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
11-Feb-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (12)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
04-Jan-2018 : Ardington, Oxon (3)

30-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (15+)
26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
10-Dec-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (6)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (3)
26-Nov-2017 : Hitchcopse Pit, Oxon (2)
21-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (c.30)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-Oct-2017 : Choseley Barns, Norfolk (50+)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
09-Oct-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (10+)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-Aug-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (3)
13-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (5)
12-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (5)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Apr-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (4)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
01-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4+)
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
05-Jan-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1+)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Dec-2016 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (10+)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
07-Nov-2016 : El Bujeo, Spain
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-Aug-2016 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
06-Aug-2016 : Greenham Common, Berks (50+)
23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
19-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
18-Jun-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (2)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (8+)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
05-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
28-Mar-2016 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (8)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk (2)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
15-Aug-2015 : Rushy Common, Oxon (6+)
23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (2)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Apr-2015 : Arne, Dorset
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Mar-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (4)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
09-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (5)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
10-Jan-2015 : Lower Radley, Oxon (3+)
02-Jan-2015 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)

03-Dec-2014 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
09-Aug-2014 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (4)
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks
19-Jun-2014 : Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
07-Jun-2014 : Stanford Dingley, Berks (2)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
07-May-2014 : Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire (2)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Apr-2014 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Apr-2014 : Churn, Oxon
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
19-Mar-2014 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
08-Mar-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon
08-Mar-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)